Monday, June 30, 2014

Penland Scholarship

I'm excited to share the good news:

I have received a full scholarship to attend a workshop at Penland School of Crafts, in beautiful Mitchell County, NC July 20-August 5th. I will be studying with Evie Woltil Richner as part of her Experiments in Drawing & Printmaking. Here's a bit from the online course description:

"We’ll begin with a focus on capturing a sense of place through drawing and observing the world of Penland. Then we’ll bring these collected drawings and experiences into the print studio to prompt our experiments in monoprinting, soft and hard ground etching, and combinations thereof. This workshop will collaborate extensively with Robert Mueller’s workshop in the print studio."

I applied for this class specifically because I'm really attracted to Evie's work, and because I have practically no printmaking experience and have always wanted to learn more.

In the summer of 2004 I studied plein air painting at Penland and the experience was eye-opening! Not to mention, the food is delicious, the campus is spectacular and the people are a loving bunch. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to take an art vacation and learn new skills. I'll be sure to post some images of my projects along with an updates about the class.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Self Exam

Remember the self portrait challenge I started last summer? I've been sticking with it - one portrait everyday for the last six months, and the project continues indefinitely. I've uploaded them all to a Tumblr site (sorry blogspot) which you can check out at

I paint these everyday and get them scanned and converted to digital files which is why I'm always at least a week behind in posting them. Ideally I would post them every week. (Looks like I may have to invest in a scanner.)

It's rare now that I spend more than 25 minutes on one portrait and I always look in the mirror or use my computer camera because it is essential that I work from my reflection and not a memory.

I have to say I really enjoy having this obligation to paint every day.


I became mildly obsessed with painting houses in snow last month. I particularly enjoyed smothering the paintings in white paint then scratching into their surfaces. My favorite tool for this series was a plastic gift card from Michael's (I don't think there's any money left on it, but I really should double check.)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


When I'm not painting and teaching I am organizing art events through the Media Arts Project , a local npo of which I am on the board. OnThursday November 14th we are having a fundraiser at The Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville called COMPRESS FEST 7pm-10pm.

We will be screening short videos - no longer than 5 minutes in length - made by regional videographers, or producers with ties to the region. The line-up of videos is incredibly diverse -- from slick commercial productions to edgier experimental videos. We have movie trailers, comedy, glitch, artist profiles and even a couple cell phone videos.

When selecting the videos we were looking for work that demonstrates a certain level of technical proficiency, has entertainment value, social relevance or narrative interest, and/or uses the video platform in an innovative or unexpected way.

As video production technology becomes more ubiquitous, more people are making movies and putting them online. COMPRESS FEST is an attempt to merge the online experience with the cinematic experience by creating an arena for the community to watch each other’s movies together. We are fortunate to have the help of The Fine Arts Theatre to provide a large public venue to spotlight motion-media makers of the region.

Ultimately we have over 20 artists' in the line-up. To see the full roster visit:

I encourage those of you in Asheville to come downtown for a night of fun.

Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased online:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Storm King Art Center, NY

I'm not a good enough writer to explain how enthralling this whole experience was. There are so many amazing sculptures and earth art pieces spread out over 500 acres; the landscape brilliantly compliments the work and visa versa. I had never been to Storm King Art Center before last month (even though it's pretty close to where I went to college.) Now I think I will try to go every time I visit NY. I imagine it is captivating in any season.